A marina is a business where you can dock and launch a boat, and receive various services associated with the pursuit of boating. Some marinas even sell or rent boats. Marinas differ from harbors, as harbors are generally state-run entities operated by governmental organizations, such as a local department of Parks, or a DNR (Department of Natural Resources). Harbors tend to only provide transient moorage and are not meant for storing boats long-term. Some of the main services associated with a marina are moorage, boat cleaning, refueling, and supplies such as mooring lines or buoys. Some marinas operate continuously, some are seasonal and some operate year-round with winterizing services. Seasonal marinas typically operate winterizing services and offer indoor storage with the capability to transfer boats from water-side slips and have covered docks so that boats can be shielded from the elements during the off-season. Marinas come in all shapes and sizes. Some are designed to dock less than a dozen boats on a seasonal basis, while other marinas can see over a thousand boats year-round. Clients must consider available accommodations for powerboats, sailboats, yachts, mega yachts, and superyachts depending on their vessel.

Owners and managers of a marina are engaged in a hands-on affair. Long experience in, and a genuine love of the boating life is a prerequisite. Seasonal employees in support positions are common, so the ability to effectively hire and quickly train prospective employees is crucial to success. Since marina operators provide an array of goods and services, on premise software or state-of-the-art SaaS (Software as a Service) systems typically handle inventory, storage service, human resources, accounting and invoicing.

Payment Integrator has a variety of versatile, industry-leading Marina payment processing solutions that can easily be deployed into your existing on-premise software or SaaS architecture. From traditional point-of-sale devices for marina clients who need fuel or supplies dockside, or the ability to facilitate large sales transactions, Payment Integrator has you covered. All of Payment Integrator’s solutions are customer-specific and operate in a secure, PCI compliant, P2PE tokenized environment. We also have solutions that easily integrate ACH payments, credit and debit card Marina payments as well as e-wallets such as Apple Pay and Google Pay.

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